49 Sports Writers predict the 2022-23 U SPORTS hockey seasons

TORONTO, ONT. – Canada West teams dropped the puck first, with AUS the next week and OUA the last to start. Whenever the conferences start, however, it all culminates in the U CUP in the spring. 

After a year that was disrupted by COVID-19 rises and professional departures, U SPORTS hockey is back for a near fully regular season in 2022-23, with large recruiting classes and hopeful programs from coast to coast. 

Will it be a year that leans towards traditional favourites or a season that sees Cinderella stories unfold? Here’s how our 49 Sports writers see the 2021-22 U SPORTS Men’s and Women’s Hockey season playing out. 

MEN’S HOCKEY

CANADA WEST FINAL

(Alberta Golden Bears Athletics)

Ben Steiner: MRU Cougars def. Sask. Huskies

Richard Coffey: MRU Cougars def. UBC Thunderbirds

Michael Pagani: Calgary Dinos def. UBC Thunderbirds

Luke Dyment: Alberta Golden Bears def. Sask. Huskies

Michael Sun: Alberta Golden Bears def. UBC Thunderbirds

Michael Liu: MRU Cougars def. Alberta Golden Bears

OUA FINAL

(Ben Steiner)

Ben Steiner: Concordia Stingers def. Toronto Varsity Blues

Richard Coffey: Windsor Lancers def. Concordia Stingers

Michael Pagani: UQTR Patriotes def. Toronto Varsity Blues

Luke Dyment: Queen’s Gaels def. UQTR Patriotes

Michael Sun: Concordia Stingers def. Toronto Varsity Blues

Michael Liu: Queen’s Gaels def. UQTR Patriotes 

AUS FINAL

(UNB Athletics)

Ben Steiner: UNB Reds def. Moncton Aigles Bleus

Richard Coffey: UNB Reds def. Dalhousie Tigers

Michael Pagani: UNB Reds def. Dalhousie Tigers

Luke Dyment: UNB Reds def. StFX X-Men

Michael Sun: UNB Reds def. SMU Huskies

Michael Liu: UNB Reds def. UPEI Panthers

U CUP FINAL

(The Canadian Press)

Ben Steiner: UNB Reds def. MRU Cougars

Richard Coffey: UNB Reds def. Concordia Stingers

Michael Pagani: UNB Reds def. UBC Thunderbirds

Luke Dyment: UNB Reds def. UQTR Patriotes

Michael Sun: UNB Reds def. Concordia Stingers 

Michael Liu: UNB Reds def. MRU Cougars

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

CANADA WEST FINAL

(UBC Athletics)

Ben Steiner: UBC Thunderbirds def. Alberta Pandas

Richard Coffey: MRU Cougars def. Alberta Pandas

Michael Pagani: UBC Thunderbirds def. Saskatchewan Huskies

Luke Dyment: Saskatchewan Huskies def. Manitoba Bisons

Michael Sun: MRU Cougars def. UBC Thunders 

Michael Liu: UBC Thunderbirds def. Saskatchewan Huskies

OUA FINAL

(Toronto Varsity Blues Athletics)

Ben Steiner: Toronto Varsity Blues def. Nipissing Lakers

Richard Coffey: Waterloo Warriors def. Nipissing Lakers 

Michael Pagani: Nipissing Lakers def. Guelph Gryphons

Luke Dyment: Toronto Varsity Blues def. Brock Badgers

Michael Sun: Toronto Varsity Blues def. Nipissing Lakers

Michael Liu: Toronto Varsity Blues def. Waterloo Warriors

AUS FINAL

(SMU Huskies Athletics)

Ben Steiner: UNB Reds def. SMU Huskies

Richard Coffey: SMU Huskies def. UNB Reds

Michael Pagani: UPEI Panthers def. StFX X-Women

Luke Dyment: SMU Huskies def. UNB Reds

Michael Sun: UNB Reds def. StFX X-Women

Michael Liu: StFX X-Women def. SMU Huskies

RSEQ FINAL

(Montreal Carabins)

Ben Steiner: Montreal Carabins def. Concordia Stingers 

Richard Coffey: McGill Martlets def. Concordia Stingers 

Michael Pagani: Concordia Stingers def. McGill Martlets 

Luke Dyment: Concordia Stingers def. Montreal Carabins

Michael Sun: Concordia Stingers def. Montreal Carabins

Michael Liu: Concordia Stingers def. McGill Martlets 

U SPORTS FINAL

(CBC Sports)

Ben Steiner: Concordia Stingers Def. Toronto Varsity Blues

Richard Coffey: MRU Cougars def. Waterloo Warriors 

Michael Pagani: StFX X-Women def. McGill Martlets 

Luke Dyment: Toronto Varsity Blues def. Sask. Huskies

Michael Sun: Toronto Varsity Blues def. Concordia Stingers

Michael Liu: Concordia Stingers def. Toronto Varsity Blues

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